MSc in International Fisheries Management

General information

The Master's degree program in International Fisheries Management (IFM) applies a multidisciplinary approach to the management of marine and freshwater resources, including aquaculture.

The programme emphasizes knowledge of scientific theory and methods, and will offer students experience in the use of these. By facilitating reflection and using case studies from various parts of the world, the programme will develop the students understanding of how fisheries and aquaculture are managed. Students will carry out nine courses over a period of 1.5 years (total of 90 ECTS), before writing the Master's Thesis (30 ECTS).

Two out of the nine courses are optional, with certain courses recommended, depending on previous qualifications. A typical thesis is problem-oriented and includes: a literature survey or review, theory, methods and data used, results and policy and management implications. 

The courses are designed to offer a basic understanding of fisheries biology, technology, economics and management. Through the course FSK-3005 the various subjects are bound together, offering a multidisciplinary view on a number of selected fisheries and aquaculture cases.

Mandatory Courses

  • Fishery Biology & Harvest Technology
  • Resource economics and project evaluation methods
  • A social science perspective on fisheries management and development
  • Fisheries economics
  • Fisheries research and management
  • Fisheries planning and development
  • Model theory and data processing methods 
Learning outcome:

A graduate from the IFM program should:

  • have thorough knowledge of how fisheries develop and function as biological, economic and social processes including a proper knowledge about the world's fisheries and accompanying management systems.
  • have a profound understanding of how fisheries management may be used to meet given political objectives related to the use of aquatic resources and, moreover, have good knowledge of the biological, economic and social properties and consequences of employing different management measures.
  • have an understanding of how aquaculture competes and cooperates with traditional fisheries.
  • be able to make use of scientific theories and methods related to fisheries management issues and be qualified for carrying out fisheries management tasks or continued studies towards an academic career.
  • have good knowledge of research ethics and be able to identify good scientific performance.
  • be an interested, critical, analytical and well-informed professional in the field of fisheries and aquaculture.

Successful completion of the programme allows students to graduate after two years. The degree opens the doors to a variety of national and international positions in fisheries and aquaculture administration, NGOs, international agencies, business and industry, as well as in research and teaching institutions.

On successful completion of the degree programme, the best ranked students may be qualified for admission to a PhD program in a number of academic institutions. It should nevertheless be stressed that the IFM-study is primarily amanagement oriented program, aiming at providing more qualified fisheries and aquaculture managers around the world.

Contact Person: Ane-Marie Hektoen (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0831 - Fisheries", "0312 - Policy and governance", "0311 - Maritime economy", "0831 - Aquaculture


Venue: UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Ukjent, Norway



UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a state university and therefore publicly funded. Students do not pay tuition fee, only a semester registration fee of NOK 500.


Degree Requirements 
A Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) in biology, economics, social sciences or combinations of these, or equivalent qualification. 

Proof of English Proficiency
As a general requirement, all applicants to Norwegian Higher Education must document their proficiency in English on an advanced level, either through education or an internationally recognized examination/test. Only applicants from certain countries are exempted from this requirement. Proficiency in English can be proved through any of the following tests:

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 580 paper-based/ 213 computer-based/ 85 Internet-based. Institutional code: 0742
  • IELTS: minimum of 6.5 points
  • APIEL: minimum of 3 points
  • MELAB: minimum of 85 points
  • University of Cambridge Exams: Certificate in Advanced English, Certificate of Proficiency in English.

Application Procedure:

Admission to the Master's programme in International Fisheries Management requires a Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) in biology, economics, social sciences, combinations of these, or equivalent qualification. Applicants must enclose an application essay written in English (one page). This should include descriptions of their motivation, interest and expectations related to their Master's degree studies and ideas for their Master`s thesis project. More information on admission requirements:

Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:

  • The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is April 15.

Applicants from outside the EU countries:

Grant Opportunities:

The Quota Scholarship Scheme is a funding scheme sponsored by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, providing students from certain developing countries in the South, Eastern European and Central Asian countries with full sponsorship for the period of their Master's studies in Norway.


Academic level: Master


Teaching and assessment methods are described in the course plan for each course.
This Master's degree is an intensive programme. Most courses are compulsory and demand active participation from the students. Emphasis is placed on direct student participation, in the form of literature search and data retrieval, oral presentations, term papers, fieldwork, laboratory assignments and computer labs. The examination form varies between courses and includes: written examinations, term papers, presentations and laboratory reports. The final examination is based on the Master's thesis and an oral examination. All final exams will have one internal and one external examiner.

The grading scale is A-F, where A-E is passed, and F is failed.

Qualification: Master of Science

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